The World Before Her

Director: Nisha Pahuja Year: 2012 Run Time: 90min
The World Before Her (2012)

Ruhi Singh is on her way to Bombay to participate in an intense beauty boot camp as a contestant in the Miss India pageant, a surefire launching pad to fame in a country of 1.2 billion people. 

Meanwhile, just a few hours away, Prachi Trivedi works at a very different kind of camp – one run by a militant Hindu nationalist group, where young girls are trained to combat western influences. 

Moving between the two camps, this lively and provocative documentary paints a portrait of a nation in transformation. A study in contrasts on the one hand, the film also reveals disturbing similarities in the obstacles that each woman faces as she tries to have an impact on her society.

The World Before Her won Best Canadian Feature at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival. 

Staff Pick:

"Think you know why one woman might choose to be a beauty queen while another chooses to learn to fight? This documentary examines being a woman in India, and the hard choices that they make" —Alison


Nisha Pahuja


Nisha Pahuja


Cornelia Principe, Nisha Pahuja, Ed Barreveld




English, Other




Nisha Pahuja lives in Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

PG Alberta
PG British Columbia
PG Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
PG Northwest Territories
PG Nunavut
PG Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
NR Québec
PG Saskatchewan
PG Yukon